BLOOMINGTON — The drawn-out race for Normal mayor this spring proved costly for the candidates.
Mayor Chris Koos and his challenger, Marc Tiritilli, paid about $10,000 for legal representation during review of the race, which Koos won by only 11 votes among 6,336 cast.
Tiritilli's committee, Campaign for Marc Tiritilli, paid a combined $5,000 to Aronberg Goldgehn Davis and Garmisa, a Chicago law firm, but $2,000 was later refunded, according to a campaign finance disclosure filed Monday.
The forms cover April 1 to June 30, when Koos' committee, Friends of Chris Koos, paid $4,400 to Ancel Glink Law Firm, which is based in Chicago but has an office in Bloomington. He said he wrote an additional check for legal fees July 5 to bump his total to $6,820 overall.
Tiritilli, a Bloomington High School teacher, and his wife loaned his campaign $9,973 over three months that has not been repaid. He said in April he didn't expect their loans to be repaid, but wanted to leave the option open.
The campaign also received $4,016 in cash contributions between April 1 and June 30, and it finished with a $2,620 balance Tiritilli could use for a future campaign or to repay the loans. He has said he plans to run for mayor again.
Tiritilli also could face a back fine if he doesn't file future disclosure forms correctly. He was assessed a $100 fine for a late quarterly report in March, but that won't take effect unless he gets another penalty, said Andy Nauman, deputy director of campaign disclosure for the State Board of Elections.
Koos, who owns Vitesse Cycle Shop and Often Running in Normal, loaned his campaign $4,400, the cost of his legal bills. His campaign also received two $2,400 cash contributions between April 1 and June 30, from Koos and from the Illinois Laborers' Legislative Committee.
Koos' campaign finished with a $795 balance that could be used for the loan or future campaigns. He has declined to answer if he'll pursue a fifth term as mayor.
Koos, 68, has been mayor since 2003. Tiritilli, 51, is a former Danvers village trustee.
Before Tiritilli conceded May 26, his campaign reviewed ballots and requested a discovery recount of several precincts that took two days and involved representatives of both campaigns, attorneys, McLean County staff and a vendor who assists the county with elections.
Tiritilli said cost was part of his decision not to seek a full recount, which was expected to cost his campaign at least $10,000.
He paid $10 for each precinct reviewed in the discovery recount, which was much costlier to the county.
"I can estimate approximate additional costs at (approximately) $4,000," said County Clerk Kathy Michael. "Our election vendor (Governmental Business Services) charged us $2,500 to conduct the recount of those precincts involved. We lost two weeks of keeping up with our regular election work and had slight overtime costs."